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Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus - Special Lecture on “The Comparative Study of the Abrahamic Religions: Heuristic Gains and Cognitive Pitfalls”

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Date and Time March 5, 2021 16:00 - 17:30

Online via Zoom (URL will be sent to registered participants)

English / Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided

Entrance Fee No charge. Advance registration required
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Division of Religion and Global Security (Ikeuchi Laboratory) of RCAST, the University of Tokyo, office@me.rcast.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Updated: March 1, 2021

“Abrahamic Religions” is at once a very ancient topic and a new concept. As the recent agreement between Israel and some Arab countries dubbed as “Abraham Accords” reminded us, the roots and interrelated developments of monotheistic religions have ample political implications. As the recent changes in usages of “Christian Tradition” or “Judeo-Christian Tradition” showed us, the notion of Abrahamic Religions has been a contested and evolving one in the modern and contemporary contexts.

On this topic, we delve into its most original and formative phases and invite the authoritative speaker, Professor Stroumsa who is the co-editor of the “Oxford Studies in the Abrahamic Religions” series and the author of “The Making of the Abrahamic Religions in Late Antiquity,” the first of the series. His “The Idea of Semitic Monotheism: The Rise and Fall of a Scholarly Myth” will appear this spring at Oxford University Press.

His lecture revolves around the major topics and difficulties on the way of the development of the studies of the monotheistic religions. Use and abuses of this notion in the Modern and contemporary context will also be part of the discussion.

Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus -Online Special Lecture
“The Comparative Study of the Abrahamic Religions: Heuristic Gains and Cognitive Pitfalls”

Speaker: Guy Stroumsa, Martin Buber Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Emeritus Professor of the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at the University of Oxford.

Professor Stroumsa’s research interests include early Christianity and dualist trends (Gnosticism, Manichaeism) in Late Antiquity, religious transformations, anthropology in ancient religions and the birth of the modern study of religion.

Moderator: Satoshi Ikeuchi, Professor of Religion and Global Security and the Head of ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies). Professor Ikeuchi has published extensively on Middle East politics, Islamic Political issues, and global security challenges.

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  • This symposium is the opening event of the “Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus” which is held during the week of March 1-5, 2021.
    “Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus” consists of a series of webinars on the recent trends and developments in Israel and its impact on Japan-Israel relations. The webinars in this framework will cover a broad range of topics, including the recent normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries, security risks of digital transformation, policy responses to COVID-19 and the digital healthcare ecosystem, STEM education, Science & Design, and the comparative study of the Abrahamic religions.

    It aims to provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas and inspiration from researchers and experts across different field, and to seek opportunities for collaboration among the participants from academia, NPOs, industry, and public sector.

    “Israel Week @UTokyo Komaba Research Campus” is organized by ROLES (RCAST Open Laboratory for Emergence Strategies) in cooperation with IIS (Institute for Industrial Science) of the University of Tokyo and supported by Embassy of Israel in Japan.

    This event is part of a research project funded by a research grant by MOFA of Japan.


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